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We found 32 medical oncologists who accept Aetna HMO near Chicago, IL.

Dr. Massimo Cristofanilli, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
645 N Michigan Avenue; Suite 1006
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Massimo Cristofanilli is a specialist in adult oncology and medical oncology. He works in Chicago, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Cristofanilli include metastatic breast cancer. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna, and Humana. Dr. Cristofanilli obtained his medical school training at Sapienza University of Rome and performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Cabrini Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Cristofanilli welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Metastatic Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer

Dr. Sheetal Ujjwal Kircher, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
675 N. Saint Clair; Galter 21-100
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Sheetal Kircher's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kircher include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and liver cancer. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. She attended medical school at Rush Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Kircher trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kircher welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pancreatic Cancer, Liver Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Neuroendocrine Tumors, ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniela Elena Matei, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
250 E Superior Street; Suite 03-2303
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Daniela Matei's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her areas of expertise include ovarian cancer, chemotherapy, and endometrial cancer. Dr. Matei's professional affiliations include Indianapolis VA Medical Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She graduated from Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Dr. Matei completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Clinical Trials, Ovarian Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Chemotherapy, Cervical Cancer

Dr. Leonidas C Platanias, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
820 South Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Leonidas Platanias' areas of specialization are adult oncology and medical oncology; he sees patients in Chicago, IL. His clinical interests encompass leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Platanias is a graduate of the University of Patras School of Health Sciences and a graduate of Kings County Hospital Center's residency program. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Platanias (or staff) is conversant in German and Greek. Dr. Platanias is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma

Dr. Regina Michelle Gandica, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
676 N. Saint Clair; Arkes 2140
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Regina Stein is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Stein speaks Spanish. Her clinical interests include leukemia, testicular cancer, and pain management. She is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Stein attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Aetna, and more. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Kidney Cancer, Sarcoma, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Blood Disorders, Leukemia, Urologic Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven B Newman, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
676 N. Saint Clair; Arkes 2140
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Steven Newman is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He works in Glenview, IL and Chicago, IL. Dr. Newman's areas of expertise include the following: leukemia, lung cancer, and hodgkin's lymphoma. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Newman is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sarcoma, Leukemia, Bone Marrow Transplant, Lung Cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Lymphoma, Head and Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Barbara Pro, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 850
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Barbara Pro is a medical specialist in adult oncology and medical oncology. She is a graduate of Sapienza University of Rome. She trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York for her residency. Dr. Pro takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Pro is open to new patients.

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Dr. Cesar Augusto Santa Maria, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
233 E. Superior Street; Olson 1st Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Cesar Santa-Maria specializes in adult oncology and medical oncology and practices in Chicago, IL. In his practice, Dr. Santa-Maria focuses on breast cancer and clinical trials. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Santa-Maria honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Santa-Maria trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for residency.

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Clinical interests: Clinical Trials, Breast Cancer

Dr. Hau Cheong Kwaan, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Medical Oncology
675 N Saint Clair Street; Galter 21-100
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Hau Kwaan is an adult hematology and medical oncology specialist in Chicago, IL. His clinical interests include myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), anemia, and thrombocytopenia (low platelet count). Dr. Kwaan is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Aetna, and more. He attended medical school at The University of Hong Kong, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Kwaan speaks Cantonese.

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Clinical interests: Blood Cancers, Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Blood Disorders, Anemia, Bleeding Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. William J Gradishar, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
676 North Saint Clair Street; Arkes Family Pavilion Suite 850
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. William Gradishar is a medical specialist in adult oncology and medical oncology. The average patient rating for Dr. Gradishar is 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Gradishar focuses on breast cancer. Dr. Gradishar is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Gradishar is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Gradishar trained at Michael Reese Hospital for residency. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Breast Cancer

Dr. Jessica Kaplan Altman, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
820 South Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jessica Altman is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. In Dr. Altman's practice, Dr. Altman is particularly interested in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), acute leukemia, and anemia. Dr. Altman is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Dr. Altman accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Altman is open to new patients. Dr. Altman attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for residency.

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Clinical interests: Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Leukemia, Acute Leukemia, Anemia, Chronic Leukemia

Dr. Al B Benson III, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
820 South Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Al Benson specializes in adult oncology and medical oncology. Dr. Benson attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Benson include esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, and liver cancer. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Benson has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Tumor, Pancreatic Cancer, Liver Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shuo Ma, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 850
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Shuo Ma is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Her clinical interests include monoclonal antibodies (mabs), waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, and chronic leukemia. Dr. Ma is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ma takes. She has an open panel. She is a graduate of Peking University Health Science Center. Dr. Ma speaks Mandarin.

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Clinical interests: Blood Cancers, Monoclonal Antibodies, Chronic Leukemia, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Patrick Galvin Jr., MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
676 N Saint Clair Street; 850
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. John Galvin is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Chicago, IL. Dr. Galvin's areas of expertise include the following: acute leukemia and stem cell transplant. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS) are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Galvin takes. Before performing his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, Dr. Galvin attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Galvin's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Bone Problems, Stem Cell Transplant, Acute Leukemia

Dr. Kehinde U. A. Onifade, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
675 N. Saint Clair; Galter 21-100
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Kehinde Adekola's areas of specialization are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Dr. Adekola has a special interest in bone marrow transplant and stem cell transplant. She is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. After completing medical school at the University of Lagos College of Medicine and Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Adekola performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Transplant, Stem Cell Transplant

Dr. Sarika Jain, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
675 N Saint Clair Street Ste 21-100; Suite 1000
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Sarika Jain is an adult hematologist, adult oncologist, and medical oncologist. In her practice, she is particularly interested in breast cancer. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Jain graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Breast Cancer

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What is Medical Oncology?

Medical oncologists are physicians who treat cancer through the use of medication, usually chemotherapy. Often a medical oncologist is the doctor in charge of a cancer patient’s health care, and this doctor may organize and coordinate all the care the patient receives, even that from other specialists.

Oncologist is a fancy word for a physician who treats cancer. There are three main types of oncologists: surgical oncologists perform surgery, radiation oncologists provide radiation therapy, and medical oncologists treat cancer with chemotherapy and other medication. There are also other distinctions between oncologists. For example, some oncologists specialize only in one or two tumor types (such as breast cancer or lung cancer), and pediatric oncologists only treat children and teens. However, all medical oncologists will be knowledgeable about the use of medicine to treat cancer.

While traditional chemotherapy is the most common medication used to treat cancer, other medications that a medical oncologist might use include hormonal therapies (such as Tamoxifen) or a newer kind of treatment called targeted therapy. Targeted therapy medications act only on cancer cells, while chemotherapy acts on all dividing cells in the body.

The care provided by medical oncologists usually begins when cancer is first suspected. They diagnose and stage cancer, or describe how serious it is. Medical oncologists are often the ones to explain to patients where their cancer is located, how severe their case is, and what treatment is recommended. They manage treatment and follow-up care after the cancer is removed, or they provide palliative care for patients whose cancer cannot be successfully treated.

Medical oncologists typically work with a group of health care providers that form a cancer team to provide care for each patient. The cancer team can include other physicians (such as oncologists and pathologists), oncological nurses, or social workers. Each specialist brings a very specific set of skills to the team, so working together as one unit, they offer a greater breadth of knowledge and skills for each patient.